Old Enough (1984)

MARISA SILVER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5 USA, 1984. Silver Films. Screenplay by Marisa Silver. Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus. Produced by Dina Silver. Music by Julian Marshall. Production Design by Jeffrey Townsend. Costume Design by Teri Kane. Film Editing by Mark Burns. Lonnie (Sarah Boyd) is approaching her teens and lives in a fancy…

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Urbania (2000)

JON SHEAR Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBB.  USA, 2000.  Daly-Harris Productions.  Screenplay by Daniel Reitz, Jon Shear, based on the play Urban Folk Tales by Daniel Reitz.  Cinematography by Shane F. Kelly, Peter Konczal.  Produced by Stephanie Golden, J. Todd Harris, Jon Shear.  Music by Marc Anthony Thompson.  Production Design by Karyl Newman.  Costume Design by David Matwijkow.  Film Editing by Randy…

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Superstar (1999)

BRUCE McCULLOCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1999.  Broadway Pictures, SNL Studios.  Screenplay by Steve Koren, based on the character created by Molly Shannon.  Cinematography by Walt Lloyd.  Produced by Lorne Michaels.  Music by Michael Gore.  Production Design by Gregory P. Keen.  Costume Design by Eydi Caines-Floyd.  Film Editing by Malcolm Campbell.   Molly Shannon‘s hilarious Saturday Night Live character Mary Katherine…

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Lorenzo’s Oil (1992)

GEORGE MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Universal Pictures, Kennedy Miller Productions.  USA, 1992.  Screenplay by George Miller, Nick Enright.  Cinematography by John Seale.  Produced by George Miller, Doug Mitchell.  Music by Christine Woodruff.  Production Design by Kristi Zea.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.  Film Editing by Marcus D’Arcy, Richard Francis-Bruce.   Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon play two real-life heroes, Augusto and Michaela Odone, two…

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The Bodyguard (1992)

MICK JACKSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1992.  Kasdan Pictures, Tig Productions, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Kevin Costner, Lawrence Kasdan, Jim Wilson.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Jeffrey Beecroft.  Costume Design by Susan Nininger.  Film Editing by Donn Cambern, Richard A. Harris.   Whitney Houston made her feature starring debut in this middling…

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Married To It (1991)

ARTHUR HILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1991.  Screenplay by Janet Kovalcik.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Thomas Baer.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Robert Gundlach.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Robert C. Jones.   In the tradition of Grand Canyon and The Big Chill, here’s yet another ensemble cast drama about adults making their…

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Runaway Jury (2003)

GARY FLEDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2003.  Regency Enterprises, New Regency Pictures, Epsilon Motion Pictures.  Screenplay by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Rick Cleveland, Matthew Chapman, based on the novel by John Grisham.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Gary Fleder, Christopher Mankiewicz, Arnon Milchan.  Music by Christopher Young.  Production Design by Nelson Coates.  Costume Design by Abigail Murray.  Film Editing by William Steinkamp.  …

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Cocktail (1988)

ROGER DONALDSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1988.  Touchstone Pictures, Silver Screen Partners III, Interscope Communications.  Screenplay by Heywood Gould. Cinematography by Dean Semler.  Produced by Robert W. Cort, Ted Field.  Music by J. Peter Robinson.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Neil Travis.   When production on Rain Man was delayed for various reasons,…

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Great Expectations (1998)

ALFONSO CUARON Bil’s rating (out of  5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Art Linson Productions, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Mitch Glazer, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Art Linson.  Music by Patrick Doyle.  Production Design by Tony Burrough.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by Steven Weisberg.   There’s plenty of beauty but not much else to this modernization…

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Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992)

CHRIS COLUMBUS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1992.  Twentieth Century Fox, Hughes Entertainment. Screenplay by John Hughes, based on his characters.  Cinematography by Julio Macat.  Produced by John Hughes.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Sandy Veneziano.  Costume Design by Jay Hurley.  Film Editing by Raja Gosnell.   What do you do when audiences spend over a hundred million dollars watching a…

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Home Alone (1990)

CHRIS COLUMBUS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1990.  Hughes Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by John Hughes.  Cinematography by Julio Macat.  Produced by John Hughes.  Music by John Williams. Production Design by John Muto.  Costume Design by Jay Hurley.  Film Editing by Raja Gosnell.   The blockbuster that kept whole families in movie theatres for an entire holiday season. Macaulay Culkin became one of the…

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Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989)

HOWARD BROOKNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1989.  American Playhouse Theatrical Films.  Screenplay by Howard Brookner, Colman deKay, based on short stories by Damon Runyon.    Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by Howard Brookner.  Music by Jonathan Sheffer.  Production Design by Linda Conaway-Parsloe.  Costume Design by Abigail Murray, Beatrix Aruna Pasztor.  Film Editing by Camilla Toniolo.   Four Damon Runyan stories…

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